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Ninth annual Jewish Film Festival continues tonight in Davie

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The ninth annual Jewish Film Festival continues tonight and runs through Feb. 17 at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 S. Pine Island Road in Davie.

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General admission is $7 per film, and the Movie Lover's Package is $36 (one ticket to each event). Here's the schedule:

Monday, Feb. 9 • 7:30 p.m.
The Secrets
Recipient of eight Israeli Film Academy Award nominations

Naomi, a studious, devoutly religious daughter of a prominent ultra-orthodox rabbi, convinces her father to postpone her marriage for a year, so that she might study at a Jewish seminary for women in Safed. Her quest for individuality takes a defiant turn when she and her new friend Michele, a free-spirited, headstrong fellow student, befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, who may have committed a crime of passion.

Contains mature subject matter.
Directed by Avi Nesher – 2007, France/Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles
Running time: 127 minutes

Thursday, Feb. 12 • 7:30 p.m.
Strangers
• Winner, Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Competition, 2008 Sundance Film Festival

A discussion with Nava Dushi, B.F.A., M.A., assistant professor of film in the College of International Communications, Lynn University, follows the film.

Star-crossed complications ensue when an Israeli man and a Palestinian woman fall in love during the 2006 World Cup soccer finals in Berlin. Eyal (Liron Levo) and Rana (Lubna Azabal) are seated across from each other on the subway. Mixed-up backpacks lead to a chance meeting, and they are immediately swept up in the dual frenzies of soccer mania and desire. Their relationship is tested by their differing cultures and opinions on the situation in their homelands and their allegiances to friends.

Contains mature subject matter.
Directed by Erez Tadmor – 2007, English/Hebrew/French/Arabic with English subtitles
Running time: 85 minutes

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Sunday, Feb. 15 • 7:30 p.m.
Beau Jest
Starring Lainie Kazan, Seymour Cassel and Willie Garson

Playwright James Sherman's popular tale about relationships, romance and intrigue moves from stage to screen, starring Robyn Cohen, Lainie Kazan, Seymour Cassel and Willie Garson. In this romantic comedy, Sarah Goldman, a young school teacher, is dating Cris Cringle, a great guy with just one apparent flaw — he's not Jewish. So Sarah invents the perfect boyfriend and delights her parents with stories about the man of her mother's dreams. When her parents insist on meeting this nice Jewish surgeon, Sarah resorts to desperate measures. Enter Bob, an actor, to play the role of her new beau.

Directed by James Sherman – 2008, United States, English
Running time: 98 minutes

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CLOSING EVENT
Tuesday, Feb. 17 • 7:30 p.m.
Emotional Arithmetic
Starring Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer and Gabriel Byrne

Based on the novel by Matt Cohen, Emotional Arithmetic follows the fateful reunion of three friends after 40 painful years of coping with the aftermath of World War II.

During the Nazi occupation, three strangers formed a life-long bond while being held at Drancy, a French detention camp. Melanie and Christopher, two young children separated from their families, are taken under the wing of Jakob (Max von Sydow), a kind, gentle-spirited man. Now an elderly poet, Jakob is released from a Russian psychiatric hospital and visits Melanie (Susan Sarandon) for the first time since Drancy. Melanie, who continues to battle a life-long bout with depression and anxiety, currently lives witn her son (Roy Dupuis) and well-meaning husband (Christopher Plummer) on a farm in Quebec. Much to Melanie's surprise, Jakob has brought along Christopher (Gabriel Byrne), who has never relinquished his love for Melanie.

Directed by Paolo Barzman – 2007, Canada, English
Running time: 99 minutes

For information and tickets, call 954-434-0499, ext. 336.

-- Scott Fishman

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Scott Fishman has covered Davie and Weston since August 2008. Born and raised in South Florida, he spent four years freelancing for the Miami Herald's neighbors sections while attending...
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